About David Ormerod

David is a Go enthusiast who’s played the game for more than a decade. He likes learning, teaching, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught thousands of people to play Go, both online and in person at schools, public Go demonstrations and Go clubs. David is a 5 dan amateur Go player who competed in the World Amateur Go Championships prior to starting Go Game Guru. He's also the editor of Go Game Guru.

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Worldwide shortage of Go equipment in wake of AlphaGo

There has been a surge in interest in Go over the last few weeks, because of the recent match between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol. Like most Go players, we’re happy about this, but it’s also a very intense time for us, because we’re receiving many more orders for equipment and books than we usually do, as well as a high volume of questions about Go from new players…

AlphaGo defeats Lee Sedol 4–1 in Google DeepMind Challenge Match

DeepMind’s groundbreaking artificial intelligence, AlphaGo, defeated Lee Sedol 9p in the final game of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match, winning the five game match with a 4-1 score. AlphaGo now goes down in history as the first computer Go program to defeat a top professional player…

Lee Sedol defeats AlphaGo in masterful comeback – Game 4

Expectations were modest on Sunday, as Lee Sedol faced the computer Go program AlphaGo for the fourth time. After Lee lost the first three games, his chance of winning the five game match had evaporated. His revised goal was that he might succeed in winning at least one game against the machine…

AlphaGo shows its true strength in 3rd victory against Lee Sedol

AlphaGo made history once again on Saturday, as the first computer program to defeat a top professional Go player in an even match. In the third of five games with Lee Sedol 9p, AlphaGo won so convincingly as to remove all doubt about its strength from the minds of experienced players…

Relentless: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – Now available for pre-order

We’re proud to announce that, after two years work, our new book Relentless: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li is now available for pre-order! Relentless offers commentary on all official games between Lee Sedol 9p and Gu Li 9p to date, focusing in particular detail on their 10 game match (jubango) throughout 2014…

AlphaGo races ahead 2–0 against Lee Sedol

Lee Sedol 9p began game two of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match on Thursday, with a newfound sense of determination and respect for his silicon opponent. After losing the first game of the match to the computer Go player AlphaGo on the previous day, Lee’s play exhibited a sense of calm patience and steadiness, which was not evident the day before…

AlphaGo defeats Lee Sedol in first game of historic man vs machine match

Go players around the world were shocked on Wednesday, when the computer program AlphaGo defeated top professional Go player Lee Sedol 9p in the first game of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match. Lee Sedol sat at the Go board with Google DeepMind programmer and 5 dan amateur Go player, Aja Huang, as a storm of cameras clicked away…

AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol: Match schedule and details

The much anticipated five game match between Lee Sedol and Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo begins this week, on Wednesday, March 9 (March 8 for American viewers). Here is the match schedule, along with details of how you can watch and timezone conversions…

Weekly Go problems: Week 140

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: One of the Golden Rules of Go is “take care of yourself when attacking.” Intermediate Go problem: There are two basic tactics in capturing races; reduce liberties or increase them. Hard Go problem: The aji in Black’s lone cutting stone is surprisingly strong!

Weekly Go problems: Week 139

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When you’re trying to reduce a group’s liberties, it’s usually better not to allow it to extend in a straight line. Intermediate Go problem: Separating White’s groups is surprisingly tricky. Hard Go problem: It looks like White has miai to kill Black…